A History of Our Community
“A community that will be a prototype of excellence.” – September 1982
On September 1, 1982, Sherwood Oaks, a “community for active older people,” opened its doors. The philosophy of the founding men and women guided them to build “A place oriented to preventive medicine, rehabilitation, vigor, and to encouraging residents to take an active charge of their own lives…”
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Since this community was started by people who intended to live here, it was natural that the programs and services were designed to meet the interests of residents. There is no social or activities director who designs what residents do. Residents themselves establish committees and participate, or not, as they chose. There are at present nearly 60 resident-led committees. They run the gamut from the resident library, painting classes, bridge and chorus, through swimnastics, croquet, bocce and the wood shop.
Although this community was designed for active living, the founders felt it was important to have on-site health care as a backup to their active lives. After researching various retirement homes in Pittsburgh, they decided that a “continuing care” model was the best. When Sherwood Oaks opened its doors in 1982 they had already built a complete Health Center including a fully licensed Skilled Nursing center and Personal Care living facility.
Here is a time-line of events for Sherwood Oaks:
1982 – Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community opens its doors on the 84 acre campus located in Cranberry Twp, PA for seniors who wanted to retire in Pittsburgh
1983 – Completed construction of the Greenhouse and the Gazebo overlooking the lake
1986 – Sherwood Oaks affiliated with North Hills Passavant Hospital
1994 – We built and dedicated the Oak Lodge, a residence for visiting family and friends
1999 – Opened the Fitness Center and built a perimeter walking trail
2001 – A new Gatehouse was completed, and residents established the Employee Scholarship Fund, which continues to provide generous scholarship grants to Sherwood Oaks employees.
2002 – Sherwood Oaks became a part of UPMC Senior Communities
2006 – Renovations to the Community Center building were completed, enhancing our dining and fitness facilities
2009 – Phase one completion of nine new patio homes featuring fireplaces, open kitchens, and 2-car attached garages
2010 – New residents seeking retirement in Pittsburgh began moving into the 24-unit Lakeside Apartment Building
2011 – We dedicated the Oak Grove Center, a care facility for persons with memory impairment. Residents raised over $9 million to support this effort
2012 – The renovated 43-bed Skilled Nursing facility opens
2014 – Phase two completion of four new patio homes
2015 – Construction of the Cranberry Lake Fitness Center
2017 – Phase three completion of six new patio homes